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Quorn Business and Industry

Up until the mid nineteen century most industry in the village was cottage based, primarily frame-work knitting. During the 1820s two hosiery factories were established and by the middle of the century Quorn had a sock and glove manufacturer (Websters) and a twist lace, silk net and cotton tatting factory (Balms), located where the Church Rooms are now. Wrights Mill, elastic webbing manufacturers, arrived in the village in 1860. By 1911 Wrights employed over 30% of the working population of Quorn and they are still present in the village today.

In addition to the factories, this section also contains information about the quarry, the railway and shops, all of which had an impact on village life.


 High Street, Quorn in the 1950s  High Street, Quorn in the 1950s
Two photographs of High Street, Quorn, looking towards Quorn Cross, in the 1950s, showing ...... cont.
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 William Wilders – Carrier of Quorn  William Wilders – Carrier of Quorn
William Wilders was born in Quorn in 1838 and died in 1893. We are lucky to have this ...... cont.
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 Quorn Building Society  Quorn Building Society
Quorn Building Society, or as it was originally known, the Quorndon and Neighbourhood ...... cont.
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 Wrights Factory Rules, 1946  Wrights Factory Rules, 1946
The poster below hung in Wrights factory on Leicester Road for many years. It dates back ...... cont.
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 Soar Valley News, April 1977  Soar Valley News, April 1977
The Soar Valley News was a four page, black and white community newspaper/newsletter type ...... cont.
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 Deer roaming around the White Horse in Quorn! 1988  Deer roaming around the White Horse in Quorn! 1988
During road works near the White Horse pub in Quorn in 1988, ancient deer bones were ...... cont.
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 Howlett’s Bus Company, Quorn  Howlett’s Bus Company, Quorn
This is a Bedford OWB Duple bus, registration number DAY137, built during WW2. Howlett’s ...... cont.
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 Vena Grain, 1895 to 1989. Oral history interview from 1985  Vena Grain, 1895 to 1989. Oral history interview from 1985
Vena Grain was born in Leicester on 21st February 1895, and the family moved to Quorn in ...... cont.
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 The Mill House Inn, Leicester Road, Quorn, early 1900s  The Mill House Inn, Leicester Road, Quorn, early 1900s
To the left of the archway is the Mill House Inn, which at this time was run by Silas ...... cont.
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 Quorn bus, 1929  Quorn bus, 1929
In the 1920s and 1930s there were several different firms running buses through Quorn. ...... cont.
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 Meeting Street, Quorn  Meeting Street, Quorn
As the years go by and as Quorn Village On-line Museum continues to grow, it becomes ...... cont.
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 Video: Wrights - Weaving Narrow Fabrics in Quorn since 1860  Video: Wrights - Weaving Narrow Fabrics in Quorn since 1860
Wrights factory has been in Quorn since the 1860s and continues to thrive today. This ...... cont.
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 Quorn Station 1937  Quorn Station 1937
This is a photograph taken on Quorn railway station when it was run by the London & North ...... cont.
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 Picture by W E Cooke – Coal Wharf, 1879  Picture by W E Cooke – Coal Wharf, 1879
This picture of the Coal Wharf on Soar Road in Quorn, was drawn in 1879 by local ...... cont.
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 Misses E & M White – Homemade cakes price list  Misses E & M White – Homemade cakes price list
This price list dates from about 1910. Ethel and Muriel White were the daughters of ...... cont.
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 'Ann at Quorn’, High Street, Quorn  'Ann at Quorn’, High Street, Quorn
‘Ann at Quorn’ was a high class clothes shop at 20 High Street in Quorn. It was ...... cont.
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 Barrie’s Fruit and Veg Shop, Quorn Cross  Barrie’s Fruit and Veg Shop, Quorn Cross
‘Barries’ fruit and veg shop, in a prominent position on Quorn Cross, was run by Barrie ...... cont.
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 WW1, Wrights factory ‘War Service’ lapel badge  WW1, Wrights factory ‘War Service’ lapel badge
During WW1 Wrights factory in Quorn was employing over 2,000 people and working round the ...... cont.
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 Mrs Kettle's shop, Station Road, Quorn  Mrs Kettle's shop, Station Road, Quorn
Mrs Kettle's shop on Station Road is now a private house. The roof used to be thatched ...... cont.
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 Manor House Hotel, early 1900s  Manor House Hotel, early 1900s
The photograph for this postcard was taken in the early 1900s. Unfortunately this scan is ...... cont.
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 Wright's factory Quorn, 1950s  Wright's factory Quorn, 1950s
This excellent photograph was taken at Wright's factory in Quorn in the 1950s. Names ...... cont.
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 Quorndon Co-operative Provident Society Ltd, Station Road  Quorndon Co-operative Provident Society Ltd, Station Road
The Co-operative Society store was built in 1862 on the site of the Blue Ball inn. It ...... cont.
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 Quorn and Woodhouse GCR Station 1962  Quorn and Woodhouse GCR Station 1962
Pictures of Quorn Station seem to be very rare. This is a photograph of BR Class 9F no ...... cont.
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 Burton's newsagents, 1936, 25 High Street, Quorn  Burton's newsagents, 1936, 25 High Street, Quorn
This article about Burton's newsagents on High Street, appeared in the Quorndon Magazine ...... cont.
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 Thomas Pepper, farmer and coal merchant, Quorn  Thomas Pepper, farmer and coal merchant, Quorn
This is a photograph taken in about 1910, is of a cart belonging to Thomas Pepper, a ...... cont.
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Total: 267 artefacts returned over 11 pages


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